Vespa Hartford Rolls On Economy, Community


A Connecticut Vespa dealer keeps his customers on the road, even in a frigid snap like the country has been experiencing lately.

"I’m from northern Maine and I wouldn’t ride today," Doug Day, owner of Vespa Hartford, told the New Britain Herald. "But some of my customers would."

Day has owned Vespa Hartford, aka Scooter Centrale, for seven years. He opened Vespa Hartford in 2002, a year after the scooter icon re-entered the U.S. market. He has a dedicated selection of scooters plus a full line of PG&A – including heating units.

"Most stores that sell Vespas focus mainly on motorcycles or Jet-Skis and other motorized recreation vehicles and take on Vespas as an additional line," Day told the newspaper. "But when you walk in here the Vespa is the first thing you see. We want to make sure people experience the Vespa first and foremost."

The shop also handles models from Piaggio, Genuine Scooter Co., Kymco and is the only authorized dealer in the state for Benelli, but does not sell bottom-priced Chinese brands.

Day organizes rides and trips for Vespa owners. Although the shop is closed until Feb. 1, he plans to resume hosting Wednesday night restaurant rides, in which riders meet at his shop and drive to an area restaurant, in March.

Posted by Holly Wagner